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FORENUIN, n. Also †foirnoon; forenune, -nün, -nin; foreneen, foraneen (ne.Sc.). See P.L.D. §§ 35, 128. Sc. forms of Eng. forenoon, in gen. Sc. usage where Eng. has “morning,” the distinction illustrated in the 1865 quot. below being still observed. It is noted that Boswell in his Life of Johnson changed forenoon to morning in later editions (see G. B. Hill's edition II. 283, note). Often attrib. with bite, bread, etc., or absol., of a mid-morning snack or drink (Abd., Fif., Rxb. 1953). [I. and m.Sc. ′for′nøn, -′nyn; ne.Sc. ′for(ə)′ni:n] Slg. 1702  Slg. Burgh Rec. (1889) 97:
Appointes James Dick, knock keiper, to ring the councill bell from hencefurth at nyne and twelve aclock each day in the foirnoon.
Sc. 1782  J. Sinclair Ob. Sc. Dial. 47:
To-morrow forenoon. To-morrow morning.
Rxb. 1825  Jam.:
Forenoon-bread. A luncheon eaten by the peasantry, hinds, etc.
Fif. 1864  W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xxiii.:
What wad ye think o' gettin' Jehu decoyed into the lateran the morn's forenune?
w.Sc. 1865  A. Smith Summer in Skye (1936) 481:
The morning and forenoon wore away pleasantly.
Abd. 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xlvi.:
Ye see we tint him there i' the foraneen.
Edb. 1895  J. Tweeddale Moff 28:
This forenin', as I was layin' doon the feed tae the hens.
Abd. 1920  A. Robb MS.:
Lowse the horse at 10 and get a foraneen bite.
Sh. 1922  J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 80:
Da forenün 'ill be spent afore I get a eetim dune.

[Foraneen is for forrow neen. O.Sc. forow none, id. from 1529.]

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"Forenuin n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 15 Dec 2018 <>



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